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Automobile coat made out of raccoon fur (1906, U.S.)

Raccoon coats were a fad in the United States during the 1920s, particularly with (male) college students in the middle and later years of the decade. They are full-length fur coats. They became popular due to the stories of Davy Crockett and popular artist James Van Der Zee.[1] George Olsen and His Music released a recording highlighting the fad in 1928, titled "Doin' the Raccoon", with the lyrics:

From every college campus comes the cheer: oy-yoy!
The season for the raccoon coat is here, my boy!
Rough guys, tough guys, men of dignity,
Join the raccoon coat fraternity, soon,
To do the raccoon!

A few months after Olsen's recording hit the air, the November 16, 1929 issue of The Saturday Evening Post featured an Alan Foster illustration of several college men wearing raccoon coats.[2] The raccoon coat (many times accompanied with a straw boater, wingtip spectator oxfords, and either a saxophone or a ukelele) has been referenced numerous times in movies and television, both as a symbol of the Jazz Age and as a cliché motif of collegiate enthusiasm.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:56:15 -0700

So you've inherited your mother'‍s mink stole, your grandmother's raccoon coat or the fox fur collar worn decades ago by an elderly aunt. If you'‍re an animal lover who wouldn'‍t be caught dead wearing the pelt of a dead animal, what are you going to do?
 
The Oshkosh Northwestern
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:07:30 -0700

On this day in 1895, Oscar Wilde skipped the opening performance of “The Importance of Being Earnest” in order to take his raccoon coat on a date. Wilde, noted for his coat fetishes (he once said, “With an evening coat and a white tie, . . . anybody ...
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